SJ Commission Modernisation Works by Swedtrac
Image courtesy of SJ AB
SJ have commissioned Swedtrac RailService AB to undertake the modernisation of the interiors and exteriors of its 227 X 2000 fleet. This is part of an ongoing programme of modernisation to its X 2000 fleet. The programme was launched in 2014, will cost around €380 million.
Swedtrac RailService AB, a service subsidiary of Knorr-Bremse AG, will give the trains new seats, floor, wall and ceiling coverings. It will also update internal doors, galleys and toilets, as well as an updated livery.
Crister Fritzson, Managing Director and CEO of SJ AB, said:
“This modernisation of our high-speed trains is our response to customers’ increasing expectations regarding the quality of our rolling stock. We are reacting to growing passenger numbers partly by expanding our seating capacity by 15 per cent – but without making any concessions in terms of internal space and passenger comfort.”
Micael Zetterquist, CEO of Swedtrac AB, said:
“These trains are extremely popular with both business travellers and tourists, and we are proud to have been given the task of modernising them. It is an opportunity to demonstrate our outstanding capabilities, strong customer focus and high quality in the Scandinavian market.”
Knorr-Bremse and Swedtrac Portfolio of Modernisation
Swedtrac was acquired by Knorr-Bremse in 2013, expanding Knorr-Bremse’s portfolio from rail braking systems to include services relating to the maintenance and modernisation of trains.
Swedtrac’s portfolio of works include the repair, maintenance and overhaul of rail fleets. They have undertaken projects including Bombardier’s X2000 high speed train and Alstom’s X40 electric multiple unit. Swedtrac has two depots located in Tillberga/Västeras and Hagalund near Stockholm. The acquisition has strengthened Knorr-Bremse Nordic Rail Services AB’s position in the Stockholm region. The group now focuses on delivering complex service packages as a one-stop-shop.
The market for modernising fleets is a growing one. Longer life-cycles for trains and higher expectations of comfort and technical specifications, as well as new statutory regulations, mean that overhaul is a necessary and more economical option to deliver safe and customer services.